With more and more vegan options popping up in our supermarkets and on the high street, it's never been easier to try a plant-based lifestyle. This year, Veganuary saw an astonishing 183% year-on-year increase of people taking the plant-based pledge this January. A whopping 250,000 people have signed up to this year's Veganuary, a record-breaking figure.

That's a quarter of a million people who can no longer enjoy a classic hot chocolate this winter. But not to worry! Read one for the perfect Veganuary chocolate fix. Yup. That’s right. This is a vegan hot chocolate generously topped with a silky vegan whipped cream alternative, fulfilling all of your plant-based wishes. Your tastebuds (and the planet) will definitely thank you.

We used oat milk, which has a slightly thicker, creamier texture. You may be surprised to find out that most cocoa powder is in fact completely vegan, and we were delighted when we discovered Green & Black's Organic Hot Chocolate is vegan-friendly. No hot chocolate would be complete without silky whipped cream. We used a vegan alternative (Tesco's Food Heaven Whipped Spray Cream Vegan), which is just as delicious as the real thing!

So, whether you're flirting with going plant-based, taking part in Veganuary, or perhaps already a full-time vegan, this is the perfect way to warm up on these cold winter days. As our mugs are bone china, they're unfortunately not vegan, but we'll be launching non-bone china very soon.

Vegan hot chocolate

Course: DrinksDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

3

minutes
Cooking time

2

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegan cocoa powder (your choice)

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 tbsp milk alternative (your choice)

  • Vegan whipped cream to serve

Directions

  • Add the cocoa powder to the mug
    (Optional) Skoosh some whipped cream on top of the hot chocolate and serve
  • Pour in the milk and whisk together quickly with a fork to create a chocolate paste. If the paste is not thick enough add some more cocoa powder, and if too thick, add a little more milk. 
  • Once the paste is created, pour in the water and mix together thoroughly 
  • Cover the mug with a plate and heat the mixture in the microwave for 60 seconds on full power 
  • Carefully remove the mug and stir one more time before placing back in the microwave
  • Heat for another 60 seconds on full power before removing the mug
  • You should see a frothy chocolate mixture on top of mug when ready
  • Skoosh some whipped cream on top and sprinkle with some more cocoa powder (optional)